The Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative “Path to Profitability on an Organic Dairy,” workshop was held in Penn Yann, NY recently. Featured speaker was Dr. Larry Tranel, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Dairy Specialist. Originally organized to offer remote access via webinar, technical difficulties prevented that from happening. Fay Benson, Project Manager of the New York Organic Dairy Initiative Program (NYODP) is attempting to schedule another webinar with Dr. Tranel later this year. [Read more…]
When Erin Hull’s husband David mentioned that it was hard to find a decent hamburger in central New York, his next comment was that they should raise their own beef cattle. Erin didn’t think much more about what he said, but was forced to take him seriously when he purchased 13 Hereford cows and brought them to their Tully, NY farm. [Read more…]
2016’s National Holstein Convention, held this year at the Saratoga Hilton and the Saratoga City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY, brought phenomenal results.
According to Patsy Gifford, Executive Manager New York Holstein Association, the “New York Charm ~ City to Farm” sale was “the highest averaging in history, with an average of $24,965 on 74 lots with a gross of $1.8 million.” [Read more…]
Recently the Chautauqua County dairy community passed their promotional torch yet again, as 2015-2016 Chautauqua County Dairy Princess, Madison Woodis, of Dewittville, NY crowned a new Dairy Princess, Joyce Wiltsie of Frewsburg, NY. This event was held at the Bemus Point United Methodist Church, and was attended by a small crowd of the local dairy industry’s distinguished representatives. The Chautauqua County Dairy Princess Pageant is an annual event, held in conjunction with the national June Dairy Month celebrations. [Read more…]
MADISON, WI — Melissa Grimmel of Jarrettsville, MD has won the very prestigious champion senior showmanship honor at the Junior National Hereford Expo in Madison, WI. [Read more…]
EARLVILLE, NY — Stone Mill Dairy sits on 200 acres of lush pastures just outside the town of Hamilton, NY. The 100-percent grassfed organic dairy operation is owned by David and Michelle Stratton.
The farm dates back to the early 1800s, with records of a minister being ordained in the barn in 1814. The current farmhouse was built using beams that were most likely sourced from the church that once stood on the property. [Read more…]
Jonas and Judy Stoltzfus’ 70-acre central Pennsylvania farm included enough acreage for beef cattle, so they decided to purchase some Angus x Charolais heifers to feed out. Several of those heifers were pregnant, and one turned out to be an exceptional producer that produced winning calves for their children’s 4-H projects.
A neighbor told them about the Limousin breed, and Jonas was impressed with the overall appearance of their herd bull. [Read more…]
Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines holds a Master’s Degree in ruminant nutrition, a PhD in large animal veterinary science and another doctorate in Immunology, and for two days moved among us at the Coulee Region Organic Produce Pool (CROPP) Cooperative Regional Agronomics School. (CROPP is known for their Organic Valley® label).
Soil health is Albel-Caines passion. “I like to make the connection between the health of the soil, the quality of the grass, and how the cow gets healthy as she eats what is intended for her nature,” said Abel-Caines, who places equal value on human nutrition. [Read more…]